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Whitewater forces Game 3 against Greenbrier

Greenbrier 6-5, Whitewater 4-8

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Its two-month-long winning streak finished, Greenbrier now must avoid a losing streak to stay alive.

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Greenbrier's Jordan Hunt is safe as he slides into second ahead of the throw to Whitewater's Justin Trammell.   JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
Greenbrier's Jordan Hunt is safe as he slides into second ahead of the throw to Whitewater's Justin Trammell.

The Wolfpack split a Monday doubleheader with Whitewater, winning 6-4 and losing 8-5, in the GHSA Class AAAA state semifinals. The deciding game will be played at Greenbrier at 5 p.m. today.

Greenbrier coach Chris Wilkins is optimistic his team can rebound from its first defeat since March 19.

“We didn’t get to this point by laying down and quitting,” he said.

Greenbrier (29-3) had swept its opponent in each of the first three rounds behind the pitching tandem of Jordan Hunt and Austin Robinson. The Region 2-AAAA champions allowed a total of 10 runs in those six games.

Though the Wolfpack used timely hitting and pitching by Hunt to take the opener, the Wildcats’ bats woke up in the fourth inning of the second game.

Down 2-0, Whitewater (26-8) scored six times to take command. The first five hitters reached in the inning, which culminated with Taylor Turner’s two-run blast.

Aided by some costly Greenbrier errors, the Wildcats scored eight runs in the game as Alex Liquori went 5 for 7 with two home runs in the doubleheader. It was enough to hold off charging Greenbrier, which plated two in the seventh but couldn’t extend the game.

In the first game, a Wolfpack batter reached safely on a walk or by getting hit by a pitch a combined eight times to add up scoring chances behind starter Hunt. Spencer Duffie and Hunt led the charge at the plate, with the duo reaching safely on all eight plate appearances.

Hunt’s RBI single in the third gave Greenbrier the lead for good, and Duffie’s RBI knock in the next inning added the first of two insurance runs in the fourth.

On the mound, though Hunt allowed two home runs in a three-batter span, he earned the win in part by twice leaving the bases loaded. He struck out one in the first and got a pop up in the fifth to silence the rally.

But Robinson couldn’t pull off similar escape artistry in the second game. Christian Hill will start for the Wolfpack today.

“If he’s got three, then, gosh, he’s got three,” Wildcats coach Bobby Gatlin said
about Greenbrier’s wealth of pitching.

TODAY’S GAME

The winner of today’s Game 3 will advance to the state Class AAAA finals.

WHAT: Whitewater at Greenbrier

WHEN: 5 p.m.

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KUDOS to the Wolfpack on

KUDOS to the Wolfpack on their outstanding baseball season and to GBHS's Athletic Director Garrett Black upon the induction of legendary Coach Terry Holder into the school's athletic hall of fame.

It sure was good to see Number 22 at the Brierpatch baseball diamond again.

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